This One Soup Recipe Could Help You Live to 100


It tastes good too. (Courtesy of Getty)

Related: The Magic Anti-Inflammatory Soup That Will Keep You Healthy All Summer

Bust out the cookware, we know what’s for dinner. Turns out an easy-to-make, inexpensive soup that you likely enjoyed as a child could help you live longer. Dan Buettner, author of The Blue Zones Solution: Eating and Living Like the World’s Healthiest People, shared this minestrone soup recipe that comes from a Sardinian family known as “the world’s longest lived family.”

Well, isn’t that the raddest title a family could have.

Related: The Crazy Cooking Hack that Slashes the Calories in Rice by Half

According to TODAY, the Melises family digs into a bowl of this soup every single day at lunch. My first thought: I would be bored out of my mind in a matter of weeks, maybe days. Not so with this recipe, though. Other than a base of beans and fregula—a toasted semolina pasta that’s popular in Sardinia—the family rotates ingredients to incorporate whatever is growing in the garden. And now you’ve got my attention.

Related: Yikes! A High-Fat Diet May Be Messing with Your Memory

The only downside: The soup takes an hour and a half to cook. Which is basically the end of the world for us always-doing-something ladies. But don’t discount it yet—Sunday is a glorious day to prep food for the week. And sure, you could go with a shorter version, but allowing a longer cook time enhances the nutrients your body gets from the ingredients, like cancer-fighting lycopene in tomatoes and immune-boosting carotenoids in carrots. Plus, it just tastes better. So simmer on, my friends, simmer on.

Get the recipe here and enjoy those long-lived days.

By: Samantha Shelton

More from

The Color of Your Urine Could Reveal Serious Health Issues

The Everyday Food That Multiplies Your Veggie Health Benefits Like WOAH

15 Ways to Lose 10 Pounds Without Exercising